mileage for July
I’ll be honest: I switched a 5-miler originally scheduled for Tuesday (July 31, the last day of the month) with an 8-miler I had originally planned for Thursday (do you see where this is going?) so I could get the bump up over 60 miles for the month. Is that pathetic? It shouldn’t be. I mean, I was at 59 in May for crissakes. Why has been so hard for me to bump up in mileage?? I guess it’s cuz I kept missing long runs. So it’s not like it’s a mystery. Though looking back through my archives, I see that in 2008 (the last year I ran a marathon) I ran 67 miles in June and in 2007 (which netted me my marathon PR) I did just 54 — so maybe I am right in there where I need to be?
I mean, I did have three back-to-back long runs this month; a crappy 10, a pretty decent 12-miler (with negative splits to boot!), and a fair 14-miler. It looks like I am on my way to major mileage for August. I have both an 18 and 16-miler planned for the month — the 18-miler taking place on my birthday of all days , I can only imagine the level of indulgence after that run — with a smattering of speed work and tempo runs thrown in. I am doing the Runner’s World Less is More plan, so my overall mileage should be less than previous bouts of training. I just need to stay on target and keep my eye on the prize and focus on getting quality runs in. Now, fingers crossed I get a bit more acclimated to the heat and humidity and can really get in good with the quality bit.
We are now 2 months, 4 days, 19 hours and 51 minutes out from Chicago!
►3.5 miles of speed work + 2 miles warm up/cool down <7×800 at 10K pace-45-50 seconds>